Thursday, 25 February 2016

BE GENEROUS AND DO GOOD

Galatians 6:6-10 NKJV

 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.

 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

DO NOT FEAR, BELIEVE

STORY

I Kings 17:8-16 NKJV

  8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
  9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.”
 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
 12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
 13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.
 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ ”
 15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.
 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.

   Earlier, before the word of the Lord came to Elijah to go to Zarephath, the Lord has used Elijah to proclaim drought on the Land. Amidst it all, the Lord remembered the widow of Zarephath for good.

   Because Elijah is a prophet of God, Elijah could not object the words of the Lord when it came to him to go to Zarephath that he would be taken care of by a widow amid the drought. On the other hand, the widow did not know Elijah as a prophet when he as asked for water, by the time Elijah said "do not fear" (verse 13) "make me a cake" (verse 13) "for thus says the Lord God of Israel... " (verse 14). She believed without hesitations

   And because she provided her last meal for the prophet during the drought, she was also provided for during the drought and she did not lack. When her son was dead, the Lord revived him through Elijah.... Read I Kings chapter 17:1-24 what a story

LESSONS FROM THIS STORY
1.  Whenever we hear the word of the Lord, we should not hesitate to believe. By the time Elijah asked for her last meal, and Elijah told her "do not fear...." "Thus says the Lord God of Israel...." She believed and this became a great turning point in her life.

This is a widow, during droughts, about to eat her last meal, even though she knows Elijah is a prophet, how many people will give his/her last meal to a prophet, during scarcity of food? But she, without hesitation believed the man of God, she shared her last meal with the man of God and her bin of flour did not run out throughout the food scarcity neither did her jar of oil run out during this period.

2.   Do not be overwhelmed by your terrible situation. In those days, women are solely dependent on their husbands, and widows are considered the poor in the community because they have no one to provide for them.

Her case was very terrible because, apart from the fact that she is a widow (no husband to provide for her) she has a son to take care and there is a great drought in the Land..... Even in all these, she was ready to give a cup of cold water to a stranger. (WOW, HOW MANY OF US CAN DO THIS)

3. God has plans for you even though you may not know it now. The Lord has good plans for the widow to ease her of her hopeless situation but she did not know it. She was gathering wood to prepare her last meal, eat and wait for death. But the help came to her in an unexpected way and even in form of a test. She passed the test of sharing her last meal with a stranger and the Blessings of the Lord came mightily upon her.

Share with people (both the known and unknown) to help their course, you may not know when you will entertain an angel.

4.   God is great and He knows best, you only need to submit to Him completely. When the Lord spoke to the prophet, He told him, "Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you." A widow to provide for you. The prophet believed and he travelled to Zarephath,  getting there, truly he met a widow but that suppose to provide for him is just about to eat her last meal and wait for death. If I were Elijah, I may be disappointed. This widow is about to die and you said he will provide for me....

At this point a fresh word came from the Lord. Your bin of flour will not run out and your jar of oil will not dry up till  the day the Lord send rain upon the earth (the end of drought) wow. WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE. The woman was suppose to help Elijah, Elijah actally brought hope to the woman, the woman provided food and shelter for Elijah throughout His stay at Zarephath, but it was God that actually make everything work.


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Sunday, 21 February 2016

DILIGENTLY OBSERVE ALL THESE

Ephesians 4:25-32 NKJV

   Therefore, putting away lying, “ Let each one of  you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

   “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

   Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

   Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

   And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

   Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.


Friday, 19 February 2016

BE PATIENT

 Isaiah 30:18-19 NKJV

Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord  is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.

 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you.


Monday, 15 February 2016

TRUST IN THE LORD

Jeremiah 17:5-10 NKJV

  5 Thus says the Lord : “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord.
  6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which  is not inhabited.

BLESSEDNESS
  7 “Blessed  is the man who trusts in the Lord , And whose hope is the Lord.
  8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

GUARD YOUR HEART
  9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
 10 I, the Lord , search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.


Sunday, 14 February 2016

“I Am With You Always”


Matthew ends his Gospel account with some of the most reassuring words Jesus spoke: “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20).

What should that mean to us, in practical
terms, in our own lives, in our own struggles, failures, and disappointments, and even when we feel that God has let us down?

It is interesting that Matthew commences his Gospel with similar words. After listing all the forebearers, and the account of an angel visiting first Mary then Joseph, Matthew explains that the baby to be
born would be Emmanuel, God with us (Matt. 1:23).

God made the promise, “I will be with you,” a number of times in Scripture. He promised to be with Isaac (Gen. 26:24), with Jacob (Gen. 28:15), with Jeremiah (Jer. 1:8, 19), and with the children of Israel (Isa. 41:10, 43:5). The context of many of these references is during times of hardship and duress, when God’s words would be
most relevant.

A parallel verse uses similar words: “ ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ ” (Heb. 13:5, NKJV). Just a few verses later it adds,
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8, NKJV). This promise, too, is repeated a number of times. It actually comes from the occasion when Moses hands leadership over to Joshua (Deut. 31:6, 8), and God repeats the phrase to Joshua after the death of Moses, “ ‘I will not leave you nor forsake you’ ” (Josh. 1:5, NKJV). When David passes on the kingdom to Solomon, he likewise tells Solomon that God will not leave nor forsake Solomon (1 Chron. 28:20).

Jesus, who never changes, who is always with us, gave strong assurance to our forefathers of the faith. They faced hardship and trial or were about to embark on the greatest challenge of their life; yet, they were assured of God’s continued presence.

To the church of Christ at the end of time, these assurances are significant. Jesus’ promise of being with us to the very end is in the context of making disciples by going, baptizing, and teaching. So, that is where the focus is—on the joy of rescuing people from ending up on the losing side in the great controversy.

REFERENCES
Seventh Day Adventist Lesson Study Guide, 1st Quarter, Lesson 7, 11th February, 2016.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

BEING AT PEACE

Philippians 4:4-7 NKJV

 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

AMEN

THE KEY POINTS
- Rejoice in the Lord always
- Be gentle to all men
- Don't be anxious for anything
- In everything, Pray and Give thanks to God
- You will experience a great peace.

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Have a nice day.
God bless you.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

GOD AND HIS PEOPLE

II Chronicles 7:14 NKJV

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

WHAT WE SHOULD DO
- humble ourselves
- pray and seek God's face
- turn from our wicked ways

WHAT GOD WILL DO
- He'll hear us
- He'll forgive us
- He'll heal our land

AMEN


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INSTRUCTIONS OF MEN IN CONTRAST TO THE INSTRUCTIONS OF GOD (I Kings 13:1-26 NKJV)

INSTRUCTIONS OF GOD (THE MESSAGE OF THE MAN OF GOD)

  1 And behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the word of the Lord , and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.
  2 Then he (the man of God) cried out against the altar by the word of the Lord , and said, “O altar, altar! Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.’ ”
  3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign which the Lord has spoken: Surely the altar shall split apart, and the ashes on it shall be poured out.”
  4 So it came to pass when King Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, who cried out against the altar in Bethel, that he stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Arrest him!” Then his hand, which he stretched out toward him, withered, so that he could not pull it back to himself.
  5 The altar also was split apart, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the Lord .
  6 Then the king answered and said to the man of God, “Please entreat the favor of the Lord your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” So the man of God entreated the Lord , and the king’s hand was restored to him, and became as before.
  7 Then the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.”
  8 But the man of God said to the king, “If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place.
  9 For so it was commanded me by the word of the Lord , saying, ‘You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.’ ”
 10 So he went another way and did not return by the way he came to Bethel.

INSTRUCTIONS OF MEN IN CONTRAST TO THE INSTRUCTIONS OF GOD (THE DEATH OF THE MAN OF GOD)

 11 Now an old prophet dwelt in Bethel, and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel; they also told their father the words which he had spoken to the king.
 12 And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” For his sons had seen which way the man of God went who came from Judah.
 13 Then he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” So they saddled the donkey for him; and he rode on it,
 14 and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak. Then he said to him, “ Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” And he said, “I am. ”
 15 Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.”
 16 And he said, “I cannot return with you nor go in with you; neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place.
 17 For I have been told by the word of the Lord , ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by going the way you came.’ ”
 18 He (the old prophet) said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord , saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’ ” (HE WAS LYING TO HIM .)
 19 So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water.

CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE
 20 Now it happened, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came to the prophet who had brought him back (the old prophet) ;
 21 and he cried out to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus says the Lord : ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the Lord, and have not kept the commandment which the Lord your God commanded you,
 22 but you came back, ate bread, and drank water in the place of which the  Lord said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.’ ”
 23 So it was, after he had eaten bread and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, the prophet whom he had brought back.
 24 When he was gone, a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the corpse.
 25 And there, men passed by and saw the corpse thrown on the road, and the lion standing by the corpse. Then they went and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.
 26 Now when the prophet who had brought him back from the way heard it, he said, “It is the man of God who was disobedient to the word of the Lord. Therefore the Lord has delivered him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke to him.”


The full story can be found in the book of I Kings 13

LESSONS FROM THIS STORY
1. Sometimes we are given messages, with strict instructions. We are suppose to deliver the message of God diligently and keep the instructions to ourselves. The man of God did well from verse 1 to verse 8. If he did not open himself up as he did in verses 9,  16 and 17, his downfall wouldn't come the way it came

2. Even His instructions seems unpalatable and a sweet message is coming, Always feel free to make inquiries from the Lord, especially when you hear a message contrary to the instructions He gave you. It's a way of showing total commitment to God and to show Him you will not do anything contrary to His will.
Jesus told the disciples to  "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." Matthew 7:15 NKJV.
The apostles further warned us thus "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world." I John 4:1 NKJV

3. The devil's craft and power are great,  He's always looking for who to devour. He makes us feel stupid after luring us to temptation. The same old prophet whom the devil used to confused the younger prophet was the instrument used by God to proclaim the destruction of the disobedient prophet.
I can imagine the look on the disobedient prophet's face in verses 20-22.... So sad

4. God is a merciful God,  He loves us, He rejoices in the repentance of a sinner.  He is swift to hear our prayers and he's slow to anger. No matter how deep your sin is, God is able to forgive us.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord , “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 NKJV
I believe if the young prophet has cried out to God for forgiveness and for mercy,  He would have pardoned him.

PRAYERS
Our Father who art in Heaven,  we humble ourselves before you this day to seek your Holy face,  we pray this hour that:
- You will strengthen us from above not to fall into Satan's temptations
- You will teach us to keep your instructions dearly
- You will give us the ability to test every spirit before we take actions
- whenever our weary footstep slide and we fall into temptations when we call upon you for mercy, please hear us and have mercy upon us dear Lord.

In Jesus mighty name we pray
Amen




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Monday, 1 February 2016

PRAYER FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY (2016)

Give unto the Lord , O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Psalms 29:1-2 NKJV

This is the beginning of the second month in the year 2016, it is the Lord's doing that we are alive and He deserves all our praises and Glory.

PRAYER FOR THE MONTH 
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
James 5:13-15 NKJV

* Whatever you ask the Lord this month will not be denied.
* The Lord be will go before you this month.
* The Lord will order your steps.
* The Lord will open the floodgates
of Heaven and poor His blessings on you this month.
* The Lord will bless your family, your business, your work, your job and all that concerns you
* As a student, you will be successful
* This month will bring a lot of goodness for you even far beyond your imaginations.

IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY
AMEN

PRAISE THE LORD ALL YOU PEOPLE.
HAPPY NEW MONTH